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COVID-19 is a notifiable disease which means all staff must notify DCJ if they become COVID-19 positive and have been in a DCJ workplace within a 48-hour period of becoming COVID-19 positive.
This information helps DCJ maintain business continuity and provide a COVID-Safe environment in the workplace, not just for staff but also for our service users and visitors.
From Monday 19 September 2022, you will need to submit a report via SafetySuite if you attended a DCJ workplace within 48 hours of testing positive for COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Reporting Hotline will no longer register COVID-19 positive cases from 19 September. All reports must be submitted online.
If you need further assistance, contact your local WHS Officer. The COVID-19 Hotline team are available on (02) 8753 8925 until Friday, 30 September to troubleshoot any reporting issues you may have when using SafetySuite. The Hotline’s hours of operation are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Calls outside these hours will be diverted to voicemail and a team member will call back the next business day.
Please note: Due to the high-risk nature of custodial environments, Corrective Services NSW and Youth Justice staff who work in these settings should refer to the existing COVID-19 protocols, and report all CSNSW incidents to the CSNSW COVID Command Post, and Youth Justice incidents to the Youth Justice Command Post.
All DCJ workplaces continue to be regularly cleaned in line with standard cleaning arrangements.
The CSNSW Command Post will continue to manage requests for enhanced cleaning for Corrective Services. Enhanced cleaning for Youth Justice will continue to managed by the Youth Justice Command Post.
Enhanced office cleaning in non-custodial and non-court settings is no longer required following a positive COVID-19 report, however, Infrastructure and Assets will continue to manage requests for enhanced cleaning for Courts, as well as client-facing offices.
Primary contact: Azma Khan Phone: 0436 666 419.
In line with NSW Public Health Orders, staff are required to notify their employer of their COVID-19 positive result.
At DCJ, staff need to report if they have been in a DCJ workplace within 48 hours of becoming COVID-19 positive. If you test positive to COVID-19, you must submit a report via SafetySuite. The system will automatically notify your manager and the local WHS Officer who can assist with any questions.
A RAT kit will immediately indicate a positive or negative result for COVID-19. A PCR test result will be advised via sms.
Yes, they should let their manager know as COVID-19 is a notifiable disease. NSW Health may also contact DCJ to advise of the confirmed case and actions required. Staff are not required to report negative COVID-19 results to DCJ.
No, NSW Health will no longer provide notifications to business, this includes DCJ.
This term has been replaced by ATAGI to ‘up to date’. We now know that to help protect yourself against severe illness from COVID-19, you need to stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations. This means, if you are 16 years and older, you will need a booster shot 3 months after your last dose in order to keep your vaccination from COVID-19 up to date.
The updated ATAGI definition states that a person will be considered 'overdue' if a booster has not been received within 6 months of receiving their last dose.
An ‘unwell person’ is anyone who is feeling sick or otherwise unwell. Where an individual is feeling unwell or exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, they must not attend the workplace. If someone presents at work, they are to be sent home on sick leave or work from home where possible. More information is available in DCJ's COVID-19 leave arrangements factsheet.
Individuals with even the mildest COVID-19 symptoms should get a COVID-19 RAT kit or PCR test.
A ‘high risk contact’ is person who has been in close physical proximity to a person infectious with COVID-19 and might have become infected with the COVID-19 virus.
This could be through:
There are several ways an individual may be notified that they are a high risk contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case:
A high-risk contact is required to get tested as soon as possible, regardless of symptoms and follow self-isolating requirements.
20 Sep 2022
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.